MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew
After playing in Columbus less than a month ago, these two teams meet up in Bridgeview as the Crew seek to press their luck.
By Keith Hickey
|Chicago Fire (4-5-1): Johnson; Gargan, Berry, Anibaba, Segares; Nyarko, Pardo, Grazzini, Pause, Pappa; Oduro.
OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); MF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis)
|Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Mendes, Williams, Vukovic; Tchani, George, Mirosevic, Gaven; Renteria, Meram.
OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); DF Chad Marshall (concussion); MF Kirk Urso (R adductor tendonitis); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); Dilly Duka (L Hamstring Strain); DF Carlos Mendes (R ankle sprain)
DOUBTFUL: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Columbus is now riding a six-game undefeated streak following its scoreless draw at New England over the weekend. After only grabbing one point out of a possible 12 in all of April, the Crew have gone 3-0-3 in their last six matches since May 5.
- Columbus hasn’t recorded a victory in Chicago since Oct. 7, 2006, going 0-3-4 in that span. Chris Rolfe and Eddie Gaven opened the scoring for their respective sides on that day in a 4-1 Columbus rout.
- Dominic Oduro has been whistled for being offside more than any other player in the league this year (21 infractions). His aggressiveness has paid off, however, as he leads the Fire offense with four goals and two assists.
- Both of these teams have a neutral goal difference. Chicago has both scored and allowed 18 goals, while Columbus has a pair of 13s in the two categories.
- These sides met just a few weeks ago, on May 26. Columbus won that game 2-1, with goals from Eddie Gaven and Emilio Renteria.
Top 3 Predictions
Chicago Fire 2-1 Columbus Crew
- 30.77 %
Chicago Fire 1-2 Columbus Crew
- 15.39 %
Chicago Fire 2-2 Columbus Crew
- 7.69 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 21, 2013||Columbus Crew 3 - Chicago Fire 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 22, 2013||Columbus Crew 1 - Chicago Fire 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 20, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Columbus Crew 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 22, 2012||Chicago Fire 2 - Columbus Crew 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 23, 2012||Chicago Fire 2 - Columbus Crew 1|
|Oct 27, 2013||New York Red Bulls 5 - Chicago Fire 2||MLS|
|Oct 19, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Toronto FC 0||MLS|
|Oct 12, 2013||FC Dallas 2 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Oct 4, 2013||D.C. United 0 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Sep 28, 2013||Chicago Fire 2 - Montreal Impact 2||MLS|
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